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Birthday boy Camier celebrates podium return
5 August 2013
Leon Camier says he is pleased to be back on the World Superbike podium at Silverstone, even if he feels he could have been celebrating a win during the second race.
A strong weekend for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider, Camier was in contention for the podium in both races, pushing to the front of the chasing pack in the first encounter before losing out in the fight for second with Eugene Laverty on the final lap.
Only his second podium finish since joining Suzuki in 2012, Camier appeared set to double up in race two as his momentum in the tricky conditions saw him move into the lead with just five laps remaining.
However, though Camier was convinced he had the speed to go away from the pack, a crucially poor exit from Vale on lap 13 would see him shuffled from first to sixth in one swoop before he lost further time when Chaz Davies's BMW expired directly ahead of him
Recovering to finish fifth, still his best combined results for Suzuki in WSBK, Camier – celebrating his 27th birthday today - was delighted with both his and team-mate Jules Cluzel's results, even if he feels he could have taken it all the way to the top in race two.
“The first race was good, because everything on the bike felt good and it performed well. When it dried out fully I felt like we didn't quite have the pace of the others, but in the in-between conditions I made the most of it so I was able to be in there at the end. I made a pass on Eugene on the last-lap but he came past on the straight and I couldn't do anything about that. I tried again, but couldn't get past him as I felt I was on the limit.
“In the second race I got a better start and the bike was working really well – the guys have done a great job with it this weekend – and towards the end of the race I felt stronger than everyone else. I thought I had the speed to win the race so I was disappointed with the result. I got beaten up a couple of times in the turns and then Chaz blew up in-front of me and that cost a lot of time.
“Then Guintoli pushed me wide and it turned into one of those races. If you were in the wrong place at the wrong time it was a bit of carnage and that was what happened to me!
“I want to say a big 'well done' to Jules, he rode two really good races today and it was great to see him get that result in the second race, not just for him, but for the whole team and all our sponsors here today.”
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